Tag Archives: Republican Party

Was Hillary Clinton's progressive [sic] presidential bid doomed from the start?

Source: Independent Institute
by Sam Staley

"One person who pays keen attention to political fundamentals is Grover Norquist, head of the anti-tax advocacy organization Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). After the election, ATR compiled revealing data about politics on the state level with profound implications for interpreting the national election results and thinking about the future of politics in America. Most Americans, it turns out, live in states where Republicans have a virtual lock on state policymaking. More than half of the U.S. population, 162.3 million, lives in 25 'Red' states where the GOP controls the governor's office and the state legislature (both houses). This is not a trivial accomplishment. Securing and maintaining this kind of partisan control is very, very difficult. A reasonable interpretation of this result is that a majority of Americans live in states where the Republican Party political platform resonates more deeply and directly than the Democratic Party platform." (02/18/17)


Republicans are already trying to raise taxes

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Steve Forbes

"Republicans in the House of Representatives are inadvertently setting a nasty political and economic trap for Donald Trump. Yes, it's the Republicans, not the Democrats, who are ready to administer an unnecessary black eye to the new President. That's not their intention, but it manifestly will be the result. The vehicle for this unwitting GOP punch is a new exaction called the border adjustability tax. This levy will cost American consumers at least a trillion dollars over the next ten years. Knowing how Washington politicians calculate these things, you can bet the amount will end up being considerably more." (02/15/17)


NH: State representative defects to Libertarian Party

Source: Free Keene

"For the first time in two decades, the Libertarian Party of NH (LPNH) has a sitting state representative in the legislature who is just beginning his first term in office. Caleb Dyer, state representative for Hudson and Pelham, announced today at a press conference in Concord's Legislative Office Building that he has switched his voter registration from republican to libertarian and has also joined the state party as a dues-paying member. Dyer is a New Hampshire native who knocked on 2,000 doors in his district, Hillsborough 37, to win his election in November of 2016." (02/09/17)


Why Republicans should want to expand protection from deportation

Source: Niskanen Center
by Jeremy L Neufeld

"There are compelling conservative reasons to expand the offer for provisional protected status to the parents of Dreamers, veterans, long-term law-abiding immigrants, and community leaders. The economic case practically explains itself. Undocumented status makes it dangerous for people to work. Granting more people protected status and work authorization means they can participate in the formal economy and provide for themselves, subject to the regulations and taxes associated with legal employment. And, the best economic evidence shows the American labor market can easily accommodate more labor without decreasing wages." (02/08/17)


Establishment Republicans risk achieving a progressive dream

Source: Hawaii Reporter
by Frank Salvato

"One of the motivating factors of those who chose to vote for Donald Trump in the 2016 General Election was his promise to affect the repeal of the Affordable Care & Patient Protection Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. … it is incredibly disappointing to hear that some establishment Republicans — including two traditionally thoughtful men — are floating the idea of not repealing the total of the law and, instead, 'repairing it.' Sens. Orin Hatch (R-UT), and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), are espousing just that notion. They, along with usual suspect Republicans in Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), are providing the avenue to a catastrophe that Progressives and Liberal Democrats could have only dreamed of achieving: the fracture of the Republican Party and creation of a third political party." [editor's note: He says that last part like it's a bad thing – TLK] (02/07/17)


HI: Fukumoto replaced as House minority leader, wants to leave Republican Party

Source: Hawaii News Now

"Hawaii's Republican Party on Wednesday elected State Rep. Andria Tupola as House Minority Leader, hours after passing a resolution that ousted Rep. Beth Fukumoto from the leadership role. The change in leadership happened after Fukumoto said she was considering switching parties, a decision she says has not yet been made official. Earlier Wednesday, Fukumoto notified her constituents of her intentions but says she will let them decide if she should switch parties. … Fukumoto had said she was under pressure from the GOP after criticizing President Donald Trump for his treatment of women and minorities. Tupola said that wasn't the case." (02/02/17)


Republicans take first steps to kill five Obama-era regulations

Source: Reuters

"House Republicans on Monday began the process of killing five Obama-era rules on corruption, the environment, labor and guns under the first real test of the Congressional Review Act, a law intended to keep regulation in check. Republicans put as much urgency on limiting what they consider over-regulation that stifles economic growth as they do on overhauling the tax code and dismantling the Affordable Care Act, according to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. This is the first time the Republican-led House of Representatives has targeted specific rules since convening on Jan. 3. Earlier this month it passed bills to limit regulatory agencies and Republican President Donald Trump is cutting regulation through executive orders. Under the law, Congress can use simple majority votes to stop recent regulations in their tracks. Timing in the law means any rules enacted after May 31 are eligible for axing." (01/30/17)


Why are Republicans backing Betsy DeVos?

Source: The Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"US president Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, faces a great deal of opposition to her confirmation. Most of that opposition comes from Democratic politicians and Democratic organizations. But if both parties stuck to their stated principles and goals, the Senate would vote 100-0 against her nomination." (01/27/17)


Congressional Republicans suddenly lose interest in executive overreach

Source: The Atlantic
by Russell Berman

"There were few things that infuriated congressional Republicans more during Barack Obama's eight years in the White House than the words 'a pen and a phone.' They were shorthand for the president's aggressive use of executive authority to go around a recalcitrant Congress and achieve his priorities unilaterally, whether on immigration, climate change, or how his administration implemented the Affordable Care Act. Republican leaders denounced Obama as 'lawless.' They tried to stop him legislatively, and when that didn't work, they sued him. Now President Trump is pursuing a version of the same strategy." (01/26/17)


Reagan redux? The federal budget battle shapes up

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"The developing Trump plan is the usual tinkering around the edges, searching for 'waste, fraud and abuse' in 'discretionary spending.' Baby steps like that will never bring the budget into balance, but they're still too much for Congress. 'Discretionary spending' is politicianese for 'spending Congress uses to buy votes back home.' … Some Republicans point out that a balanced budget is impossible without reforming 'non-discretionary' spending — Social Security, Medicare and so forth. They're right. But they're also making excuses: They won't cut the spending that it's easy to cut unless they can also cut the spending that it's hard to cut, and come hell or high water they’ll find a way to lose the latter fight. We've been here before." (01/23/17)